Repairing a scrape or hole in the drywall caused by a chair is a simple process.

How to Fix a Wall Scrape From a Chair

by Maria Magher

Chairs are the most common culprits for walls scrapes. Chair backs frequently bump and slam into smooth drywall, marring its finish and gauging into the surface -- especially when there are children in the mix. Chair-rail molding is a good idea in the long run for areas that see a lot of traffic. Until you get around to a more permant solution -- or the kids grow up -- a simple patch can make your wall look like new again.

Clean the area. You may be able to remove the mark entirely with a wet cloth and soap.

Spread a thin layer of drywall compound over deeper scrapes and gouges. Spread it as smoothly as possible, and don't use more than you need.

Allow the compound to dry completely before adding a second layer, if necessary. Apply the second layer in the same manner as the first.

Smooth over the patched area once it is completely dry by sanding it with a piece of medium- or fine-grit sandpaper.

Paint over the area with paint that matches the wall. If you do not have original paint, you will need to have the paint in the room color-matched at a home improvement store.

Items you will need

  • Drywall compound
  • Putty knife
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint
  • Paint brush


  • Work in thin layers when you apply the drywall compound so you do not have to sand a lot of excess.
  • Install a chair rail after you repair the scrape to prevent against future damages.

About the Author

Maria Magher has been working as a professional writer since 2001. She has worked as an ESL teacher, a freshman composition teacher and an education reporter, writing for regional newspapers and online publications. She has written about parenting for Pampers and other websites. She has a Master's degree in English and creative writing.

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